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UK vinyl records sell over 5 million copies a year, breaking a 30-year record

Updated: Feb 9, 2022

As the global outbreak of Newcastle Pneumonia approaches two years ago, people are spending more time at home and changing their lifestyles as a result of stringent prevention measures. According to the British Phonographic Industry Association (BPA), sales of vinyl records reached a 30-year high of over 5 million in 2021, an increase of 8% year on year.

According to the British Phonographic Industry Association (BPI), vinyl record sales rose for the 14th consecutive year in 2021, with more than 5 million records sold, the most since the early 1990s. Sales have been boosted by Record Store Day, a reduction in the number of people going out during the new pneumonia epidemic, and online record playback events, with vinyl already accounting for 23% of all album sales this year.

The best-selling vinyl albums of the year include British singer Sam Fender's 'Seventeen Going Under', British songstress Adele's new album '30', and Swedish band ABBA's 'Voyage'.

In addition to the vinyl records, the UK has also seen a boom in cassette sales, with over 190,000 boxes sold, an increase of 1 in 5 over last year, and a record high since 2003. American pop-rock singer Olivia Rodrigo's debut album 'Sour' is the best-selling, alongside British singer, Dave's 'We're All Alone In This Together and the band Queen's 'Greatest Hits.

Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive of the BPI, The Brit Awards, and The Mercury Prize, said there was no better time to be a fan of music than now, when people can listen to music in more ways than ever, including collecting vinyl records, CDs and even cassette tapes, and listen to more than 70 million songs online via streaming at any time, supporting the next generation of music-making music.

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